Mini Book Review: A WRINKLE IN TIME - by Madeleine L'Engle

A WRINKLE IN TIME - Madeleine L'Engle
Published: Movie Tie-In: 2018 - Puffin 
Genres: Science fiction / young adult / children's / fantasy / adventure
Pages: 288.
Triggers/Content Advisory: N.A.
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Penguin Random House SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

When Charles Wallace Murry goes searching through a 'wrinkle in time' for his lost father, he finds himself on an evil planet where all life is enslaved by a huge pulsating brain known as 'It'. How Charles, his sister Meg and friend Calvin find and free his father makes this a very special and exciting mixture of fantasy and science fiction, which all the way through is dominated by the funny and mysterious trio of guardian angels known as Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which. This movie tie-in edition of the timeless novel features the complete, unabridged original text, and an introduction by the film's director, Ava DuVernay.

I first read this story when I was fifteen. I remember loving it. So considering that the movie has just come out and I'm excited to watch that when I get a chance, I thought it'd be a good idea to re-read the book.

The writing isn't anything incredible. The author is certainly perceptive, but there's a lot of telling which I found disappointing. Instead of relying on the characters' actions to show who they are, the author simply tells us. It takes away from the the story.

The story is a fantastic example of science fiction. It's stunningly creative, beautifully abstract, and so imaginative. I love the world L'Engle created. 

There are some solid lessons the author imparts through her characters' experiences: bravery, the importance of friendship and family loyalties, and most of all, love. It's the kind of story I'd read to a young child, especially, because it would teach them what matters in life, and it's the kind of story that teaches all of us - no matter how old we are. L'Engle talks sense.

The characters are easy to root for. They're all realistic, and Meg's fear, her low self-esteem, her doubts, are very relatable. She's an underdog, and that's endearing and inspiring.

A Wrinkle In Time is the perfect story for an adult to read to a young child. It's imaginative, inventive, and rich with wisdom.
But reading the book now as a seventeen year-old, I feel like the book's weakness stood out.   

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